Branch Honoraria

These guidance notes are designed to help branches and organisers navigate the regional and national processes for the payment of branch honoraria.

Regional Honoraria Contact:

Vanessa Baquer / v.baquer@unison.co.uk / 01483 406538

2018 Honoraria Panel Meeting Dates:

The Regional Honoraria Panel is a lay member committee which adjudicates on honoraria proposals made by branches which require any decision from the region. The folowing meetings of the panel will take place in 2018 where branch proposals requiring regional intervention will be discussed.

  • 16 January (Guildford)
  • 15 March (Guildford)
  • 19 July (Guildford)
  • 7 September (UNISON Centre)

General Guidance (All branches wishing to award honoraria):

If a branch wishes to award honoraria, they should:

  • Discuss proposals during the Organising Framework / Joint Branch Assessment meeting.
  • The branch committee should agree proposals before the AGM (and this should be minuted).
  • A quorate AGM should then discuss and vote on the proposals.
  • Following approval at a quorate AGM, branches should upload payment information to WARMS themselves in line with the national guidelines (the 2017 version will be circulated to branches in due course).

For those payments to be processed, RMS will be checked for the AGM date, whether it was quorate, and whether the branch’s rules allow for the payment of honoraria. Providing all those things have been input on RMS, regional approval will be given to the branch’s payments.

IMPS will then process payments on Friday every week (the date when this will cease in 2018 TBA – usually June). After this date, payments will be processed monthly, usually on the first Friday of the month.

If branches wish to have honoraria payments processed from this tax year – 2017/18 – the final date for complete and accurate submission (including regional approval) to IMPS is (TBA).

Branches with Honoraria under 10% of 2017 funding

For the majority of branches in the region, honoraria will be under 10% of their funding in 2017, and no regional intervention will be required.

Branches with honoraria over 10% of 2017 funding

10% of funding is the regional intervention point, and any branch wishing to award over 10% will need approval from the Regional Honoraria Panel (a sub-committee of Regional Council).

Branches are advised to seek approval from the panel before their AGM if they wish to award over 10% of income to ensure no undue delay with payments.

If you, or your branch, has a query about what 10% of their funding equals, please contact Vanessa Baquer.

For the panel to make a decision they require the following information, which and will automatically be forwarded to Vanessa (please click the box and fill in the form).

The panel will then inform the branch and Regional Organiser of the outcome and whether they are recommending changes to the branch’s proposals. If branches disagree with the panel’s recommendation, they will be given the opportunity to make further representations either face-to-face or in writing. After this, if there remains a fundamental disagreement between the branch and panel, the branch may appeal to national (contact Vanessa if this becomes necessary).

Once this process is complete, as with branches with proposals under 10%, branches will need to upload payment info to WARMS, and the regional checks will be made before IMPS processes the payments.

Branches that wish to pay honoraria, but hold an inquorate AGM

If an AGM is inquorate and a branch wishes to award honoraria, then they must also seek the approval of the regional panel.

For the panel to make a decision they require the information contained in this protocol.

NB, if a branch has already been through the over 10% process, detailed above, with the panel – please contact Vanessa first because it may not be necessary for the branch to undergo all requirements contained in this document.

Branches not live on WARMS

Any branches not live on WARMS but wishing to pay honoraria will need to contact Vanessa for their payment information to be uploaded to the system.

The branch will still need to have their honoraria approved by their quorate AGM and / or the Regional Honoraria Panel, but once approval has been given they should send Vanessa the following information for all honoraria recipients.

  • Name
  • Membership number
  • Role in the branch (for which the honoraria is being awarded)
  • Date of birth
  • Amount to be paid
  • NI number
  • Bank address
  • Bank account number
  • Bank sort code